Pam Forsey, the Ladies Captain hosted a Burns Night Supper on Friday 28 January in aid of her chosen charity, the Stroke Foundation.
Guests were greeted on arrival at the clubhouse by piper Charlie McKeown who stoically played through the gloom and rain.
Prior to dinner Alec Bain gave a short and informative talk about why Robert Burns wrote about the haggis. The haggis was then processed into the dining room by Phil Harris and Al Brown preceded by the piper. Al gave a rousing rendition of Ode to the Haggis in broad Glaswegian and toasted the piper in Scottish style!
A traditional meal of cock-a-leekie soup followed by haggis, neeps and tatties was served and the assembled throng were then treated to an extremely enjoyable and animated recital of Burns’ poem Such a Parcel of Rogues in a Nation by Al Brown in inimitable style, complete with chocolate rogues’ gold.
A marvellous spread of puddings was laid on by the ladies of the club to finish off the meal.
Anthony Potter, the MC for the evening, gave a short talk about Burns and proposed the toast. While people were enjoying a coffee Douglas McGreggor toasted the lassies and Trish Bain replied brilliantly with humorous verse and prose.
The evening ended by Anthony thanking all those who attended and asked everyone to show their appreciation to Peter Frankle, this being the last function he will cater before retiring and also Sandra who is also soon to retire.
The evening ended with a group rendition of Auld Lang Syne and then a dash for the bar.
£569 was raised for the Stroke Foundation and Pam and her committee thank everyone who attended and look forward to seeing even more of you next year.
Photo: Phil Harris, the haggis. Al Brown and piper Charlie McKeown. Pam Forsey looks on.